BENNINGTON >> The United Counseling Service (UCS) has announced the appointment of Heidi French as Director of Community Relations & Development. In addition to overseeing fundraising and development, she will be responsible for increasing community awareness about UCS and the impact the organization has on the residents and businesses in the area.

"We're excited to welcome Heidi to our team and look forward to her work on behalf of UCS in the Bennington community. Her diverse experience will be a valuable asset to our organization," said Executive Director Ralph Provenza.

French comes to UCS with a strong business background in marketing and development. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. Originally from Seattle, Wash., Heidi and her family moved to the Bennington area 10 years ago. In that time she has worked with CBI, an international business brokerage firm and with the Manchester Music Festival. Heidi, her husband Jon and their two sons, William and Benjamin, reside in Sunderland.

"UCS is a valuable resource to Bennington County. I am excited to be part of this organization and look forward to getting out in the community and supporting the UCS mission of Building a stronger community by empowering individuals to live healthy and meaningful lives," said French.


She will work in the administrative offices in Bennington, but plans to spend a significant amount of time throughout Bennington County working with residents, businesses and local organizations. She can be reached at 802-442-5941 or

UCS serves children, adults, families, and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education, and clinical support. Visit for more information.